Category Archives: Stars in the Community

BrightStar Credit Union Chairperson Dr. Dorothy Orr Receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

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BrightStar Credit Union would like to congratulate Dr. Dorothy J. Orr! Dr. Orr, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of BrightStar, has received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broward Education Foundation (BEF). BEF, the nonprofit organization that supports public schools in Broward County, has announced the selection of seven Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni inductees for the program’s inaugural year. These successful graduates of Broward County Public Schools were honored on October 23 2013.

Dr. OrrDr. Orr, who retired after 30 years with the Broward County Public Schools, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. A former school board member and interim superintendent. Dr. Orr’s distinguished career began when she served as assistant principal of Coconut Creek Elementary School in the early 1970s. Throughout the years, she served in such roles as elementary school principal, associate superintendent, deputy superintendent and interim superintendent, winning numerous professional and community awards along the way, including the JM Family African American Achievement Award in 2012. Looking back on her long career, Dr. Orr says her greatest contribution has been to people facing challenges. “I have attempted to remain a positive role model for persons who came from single-parent homes and who have had to overcome adversity,” she said.

Congratulations Dr. Orr, your BrightStar family is very proud of you!

BrightStar Summer Interns


School’s out & BrightStar’s summer interns are in! This internship offers students a way to see what it’s actually like working in a credit union environment. These summer interns will build professional skills and techniques to use in their future careers. Get to know them!
Vanessa V.
School: J.P.Taravella High School
Random Fact: I used to be a wide receiver/ quarterback.
What I’m excited to learn about during my summer here: Gaining experience in a real world atmosphere.
Clarine L.
School: J.P.Taravella High School
Random Fact: I’m a BrightStar intern.
What I’m excited to learn about during my summer here: I am excited to learn more about credit unions and more about financial operations.

Joshua S.
School: J.P. Taravella High school
Random Fact: I swim!
What I’m excited to learn about during my summer here: How a Professional environment works and communicates.
William W.
School: Charles W. Flanagan High School
Random Fact: I own a Kilt.
What I’m excited to learn about during my summer here: finance industry and all of the working parts of a financial institute
Gabriela S.
School: Charles W. Flanagan High School
Random Fact: I like Red velvet Cupcakes.
What I’m excited to learn about during my summer here: To get real job experience and work as a team.
Sam V.
School: Western High School
Random Fact: I hate Football
What I’m excited to learn about during my summer here: How to act in a professional atmosphere.
Kelly L.
School: Plantation High School
Random Fact: I’m on the Plantation High Step Team
What I’m excited to learn about during my summer here: How a credit union is set up and what you do in the lending department.

Katrina R.
School: Stoneman Douglas High School
Random Fact: I have a Jack Russell Terrier named Rebbles and she is my best friend.
What I’m excited to learn about during my summer here: How to communicate efficiently in the business world.

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BrightStar Credit Union raises $21K to help SuperStorm Sandy victims

Red-Cross-Check-Final Based in Sunrise, and one of the largest credit unions in south Florida with 50,000 members, BrightStar raised a total of $21,133 for the American Red Cross to assist in the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort. BrightStar collected a total of $11,133 from members and employees through their six locations in Broward County. BrightStar then matched that amount up to $10,000 for a grand total of $21,133. A financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

Toy Drive! We’re Collecting Toys at Our Branch Locations.

Help Spread a Little Holiday Cheer! BrightStar Credit Union is holding our Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The toy drive is a great way for members and BrightStar employees to help make a difference. We have partnered with Family Central Inc. on this project.

We’ve placed a Toy Drive drop box in each BrightStar location for you to make toy donations. NEW unwrapped toys are needed for ages infancy to 17 years. Please click here to view a list of suggested items. The deadline to drop off toys at BrightStar is Monday, December 10, 2012. Gift cards and movie passes are also welcome.

Help spread the word about the Toy Drive so we can collect as many toys as possible for needy kids. Even small donations can go a long way.  We are still collecting donations for the victims of hurricane Sandy. Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and thank you for your support.

BrightStar Has Earned A 5-Star “Superior” Rating from Bauer Financial

Bauer Financial has rated BrightStar Credit Union with a 5-Star “Superior” Rating for safety and soundness.  Bauer Financial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983.  Ratings are independent. No institution pays them for ratings, nor can any choose to be excluded.  BrightStar is safe and sound with money to lend for cars, homes and more.  Plus deposits at BrightStar are insured to at least $250,000 by the NCUA, an agency of the federal government.

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BrightStar Wins South Florida’s Credit Union of the Year


A visitor at BrightStar's recent 65th Anniversary Party in the Park holds a star.

BrightStar Credit Union was named 2011 Credit Union of the Year today by the South Florida Business Journal as part of their Excellence in Banking Awards.

The Credit Union was selected for its involvement in the community, and because they have contributed to the local economy by granting thousands of consumer loans and hiring staff (rather than laying off staff like some organizations have had to do). Another factor in the award was the Credit Union’s growth in loans and members, which are some of the best growth rates in the U.S.

BrightStar’s CEO, Ralph Crockett said about the win, “This is a great honor for all of us. The congratulations goes to all of our staff who work hard every day to wow members with great service. This is also a win for our members, since they are the owners of the Credit Union. I think there’s a sense of pride being part of a credit union which has been called the best.”

BrightStar made $68 million in loans to members for the period from June 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011 and also expanded its number of staff by 5%. Both of these are significant factors which have contributed positively to the local economy.  The Credit Union is well-managed, well-capitalized and has never needed one penny of taxpayer bailout money.

BrightStar, which also won the 2010 AFP Philanthropic Company of the Year for Broward County, is a huge contributor to education. The Credit Union contributes more than 5% of its net income to Broward County Public Schools. Some of the programs include sponsoring Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips for 40 schools, financial literacy presentations to thousands of students, internships and several in-school, student-run credit unions. BrightStar also supports the Historic Sistrunk Festival, the Young at Art Children’s Museum and recently launched its financial literacy website, BrightStar University (

BrightStar has more than 46,000 members, $340 million in assets and is insured by the NCUA, an agency of the federal government.  Learn more at

BrightStar is also happy to congratulate the award finalist, Dade County Federal Credit Union — another fine south Florida credit union.

Learn more about BrightStar Credit Union and join here:

South Florida Business Journal’s Broward Ultimate CEO

BrightStar’s President & CEO Ralph Crockett, was honored last week at the South Florida Business Journal’s Broward Ultimate CEO Awards. The program celebrates the careers and leadership of ten (10) successful Broward County CEO’s who have set the standard in the Broward business community, including civic leadership, business success and community involvement.

 When Mr. Crockett received his award, he was quick to say that our success at the Credit Union is due to the work and dedication of all BrightStar staff.

 Thanks, Ralph, and congratulation on being a 2011 Broward Ultimate CEO. Your BrightStar family is very proud of you. Click the link below to see to watch the video of Mr. Crockett and the rest of the winners.